Classes

The SIRIUS® curriculum was originally designed by veterinarian and behaviorist Dr. Ian Dunbar, who created and taught the world's very first off-leash puppy classes over 30 years ago. Currently, SIRIUS is redefining companion dog training yet again, with newly developed training techniques that make training quick, easy and enjoyable.

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Dog Training III

Dog Training III is a highly advanced class that allows you and your dog to get more specific attention. The trainer can focus on what you and your dog still need to work on, or new things that you would like to try.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Pre-requisite: Dogs must have completed our Dog Training 2 or Puppy Training 2 class.

Age: Under 2 years old (or with trainer's approval)

Vaccine: Proof of Rabies vaccine

Puppy Kindergarten

The earlier you start training, the easier it will be! Learn how to handle the most urgent puppy training issues, including safe socialization with people, puppy biting, house training, and chewing, all of which should be addressed during your puppy’s first three months of life.

MoreRegistration Fee: $125 for 4 sessions

Age: 8-11 weeks old when starting Puppy Kindergarten

Vaccine: First DHLPP or DHPP vaccine (specifically Distemper and Parvo) at least 7 days before the first session. Please note: Our Oakland West location has an additional vaccine requirement for Bordetella. We strongly recommend this additional vaccine if your class is held in any canine facility, but is only required in Oakland West.

Puppy Training I

Learn how to control your puppy off-leash. Teach come, sit, settle down, and shush on cue. Continue socializing your pup to people and other dogs and preventing common behavior and temperament problems such as puppy biting, jumping up, and pulling on leash.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Age: 12-18 weeks of age at the start date of class. If your puppy is older than 18 weeks, Dog Training I is the appropriate class.

Vaccine: First two rounds of DHLPP or DHPP. The second round must have been administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 7 days prior to the first session of class. Please note: Our Oakland West location has an additional vaccine requirement for Bordetella. We strongly recommend this additional vaccine if your class is held in any canine facility, but is only required in Oakland West.

 

Puppy Training II

Refine the skills you learned in Puppy 1 and learn how to teach your young adolescent pup to be calm, attentive and to respond quickly, willingly and happily, especially when distracted, off-leash, and at a distance. Prerequisite: Puppy 1

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Pre-requisite: Puppies must have graduated from the Sirius Puppy I class. Puppy II must be taken within at least 4 months of completing your Puppy I class. 

Age: Maximum age is 8-9 months old.

Vaccine: Proof of rabies vaccine or up-to-date vaccination is required. Please note: Our Oakland West location has an additional vaccine requirement for Bordetella. We strongly recommend this additional vaccine if your class is held in any canine facility, but is only required in Oakland West.

Puppy Training III

Receive specialized attention on the areas of training you would like to work on, such as perfecting off-leash control or learning challenging new behaviors. Prerequisite: Puppy 2

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Pre-requisite: Puppies must have completed the Sirius Puppy I and Puppy II courses.

Age: Under 18 months

Vaccine: Proof of Rabies vaccine

Puppy Training IV

Puppy IV is a specialized class for those who have already completed our Puppy I, Puppy II, and Puppy III and are looking for more training. This class is tailored for the dogs who enroll.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Pups must have completed SIRIUS Puppy Training III in order to be eligible. Dogs must be up-to-date on all vaccinations

Dog Training I

Learn specialized training techniques for dealing with inattentive, out-of-control, noisy and hyperactive adolescent and adult dogs. Brush up on manners and obedience skills. The perfect class for newly adopted dog.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Temperament: Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and people.
Age: Dogs who are older than 19 weeks.
Vaccine: Rabies vaccine or up-to-date vaccination is required. Please note: Our Oakland West location has an additional vaccine requirement for Bordetella. We strongly recommend this additional vaccine if your class is held in any canine facility, but is only required in Oakland West.

Dog Training II

Learn to overcome distractions and channel your dog’s energy into training as you develop a super-reliable and prompt sit and down; rock-solid stays and controlled on-leash walking and heeling. Prerequisite: Dog Training 1

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Temperament: Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and people.
Pre-requisite: Must have completed the SIRIUS Dog Training I course.
Vaccine: Proof of Rabies vaccine.

The Sirius Essential Skill Series

The Sirius Essential Skill Series is a 3-part program: Basic Household Manners, Leash Manners, and Come When Called! This series provides targeted, focused work on the most desired and necessary companion dog skills. Continue to improve your dog’s skills and also to have a safe place to train your dog with support and coaching. The three classes are meant to compliment each other and we recommend taking all three courses in the SIRIUS Essential Skill Series.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 per 5 week course

Temperament: Pups must be friendly with other dogs and people.
Age: Dogs who are older than 19 weeks.
Vaccine: Rabies vaccine or up-to-date vaccination is required.

Essential Skills: Basic Household Manners

This class is about impulse control and basic manners. It’s fabulous for wayward teenagers and new dogs over 5 months of age. Additional skills taught include; watch me, no jumping (teach your dog not to jump up on people), stay from a sit or down, stand still, go to bed, leave it (how to ignore food and other distractions), Take it (how to take things such as food and toys, gently). This class is 5 sessions total, and each session meets approximately 50 minutes each week.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Temperment: Pups must be friendly with other dogs and people.
Age: Dogs who are older than 19 weeks.
Vaccine: Rabies vaccine or up-to-date vaccination is required.

Essential Skills: Leash Manners

Teach your dog to walk politely on-leash and to heel on or off-leash. Additional skills taught include; sit, watch me (eye contact/attention), hand target (great for controlling your dog with clarity and ease), follow the leader, and more. This class is 5 sessions total, and each session meets approximately 50 minutes each week.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Temperment: Pups must be friendly with other dogs and people.
Age: Dogs who are older than 19 weeks.
Vaccine: Rabies vaccine or up-to-date vaccination is required.

Essential Skills: Come when Called!

Teach your dog to come when called with enthusiasm and no matter the distraction! Additional skills taught include; how to properly play (tug), food games, the name game, and sit/down from motion, hide and seek, and more. This class is 5 sessions total, and each session meets approximately 50 minutes each week.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Temperment: Pups must be friendly with other dogs and people.
Age: Dogs who are older than 19 weeks.
Vaccine: Rabies vaccine or up-to-date vaccination is required.

Canine Good Citizen Prep

Receive the preparation you’ll need to take the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test, a certification program designed to reward dogs who demonstrate good manners at home and in the community. Prerequisite: The Sirius Complete Puppy Training Course or Dog Training 1

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Temperament: Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and people.
Pre-requisite: Must have completed The Sirius Complete Puppy Training Course or Dog Training I
Vaccine: Proof of Rabies vaccine.

Trix

Master tricks like high-five, spin, take a bow, wave, hide your eyes, put your toys away or find my keys… or our trainers can help you with a trick of your own choice. Prerequisite: Puppy 1 or Dog Training 1

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and people.

Pre-requisite: Must have completed The Complete Sirius® Puppy Course or Dog Training I

Vaccine: Proof of Rabies vaccine

Trix 2

Trix 2 is an advanced course for those who have graduated from our Sirius Trix class. Master tricks like high-five, spin, take a bow, wave, hide your eyes, put your toys away or find my keys,… or our trainers can help you with a trick of your own choice. Prerequisite: Trix 1

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Pups must have graduated from Sirius Trix. Invitation by Instructor or Sirius Office is required.

Sherlock Nose Level 1

Learn how to train your dog to do scent-detection work. You’ll become better at reading your dog as you master this new and exciting skill together. Scent work is perfect for keeping your dog stimulated and has many practical uses. Open to all ages / No Prerequisites

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

Pre-requisite: Open to all.

Vaccine: Proof of Rabies vaccine.

Because each dog works individually while the other dogs are outside of the room, dogs must be able to be crated or confined in car or other safe area for periods of time. 

Sherlock Nose Level 1.5

The fun continues! This class builds on the dog’s scent discrimination skills that were learned in Level 1. The dog will continue searching for food or toys, building additional skills and stronger problem solving abilities through more complex search problems. Handlers will continue to build better handler/dog communication and teamwork.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 5 sessions

This class is for graduates of our Sirius Sherlock Level Nose 1 and is usually a closed group. For any questions, please give us a call at (800) 419-8748.

Sherlock Nose Level 2

The fun continues! This class builds on the dog’s scent discrimination skills that were learned in Level 1. The dog will learn to identify the first target odor, Birch, a natural essential oil, transitioning from searching for food or toy to search for odor. Food/toys will be use as rewards. Also, handlers will continue to build better handler/dog communication and teamwork.

MoreRegistration Fee: $200 for 6 sessions

Must have completed Sherlock Nose Level 1.